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Al-Anon Meeting FAQ
What meeting is right for me? The only way to find that out is to attend several different meetings. All meetings are a little different, so try several. We suggest that you try at least six meetings before you decide whether or not Al-Anon is for you.
What is the difference between an open and closed meeting? Closed meetings are for Al-Anon members. According to Tradition Three, the only requirement for membership is that there be a problem of alcoholism in a relative or friend. Open meetings are open to anyone, including members of the health care community. If you are considering attending your first meeting and have been affected by the disease of alcoholism, do not let the designation of open or closed meetings deter you from attendance. You will be welcome at either.
What can I expect at my first meeting? This will depend on the meeting, but you can generally expect to be welcomed by the others in the group. You may receive a newcomer's packet that contains helpful information. Members also share their experience, strength and hope during meetings and offer understanding and encouragement to newcomers.
Do I have to talk at the meetings? No, you are not required to share anything if you don't want to.
Do Al-Anon meetings cost anything? Al-Anon is self-supporting through it's own voluntary contributions. Meetings usually pass a basket around to pay for expenses such as rent and literature, but all contributions are strictly voluntary.
I am not religious and haven't been to church in years. Will I still be welcome in Al-Anon? Absolutely! Al-Anon is not allied with any sect, denomination or religion. People of any religious faith or of none are welcome. While many Al-Anon meetings are held in churches, the meetings themselves are not affiliated with the church in question.
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